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April 14, 1997
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19970414
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
KSC Public Affairs Contact: Joel Wells (fax 407-867-2692)
E-mail: J.Wells-1@ksc.nasa.gov

MISSION: STS-84 -- 6th MIR DOCKING & SPACEHAB DM

VEHICLE: Atlantis/OV-104
LOCATION: Orbiter Processing Facility bay 3
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: May 15 at about 4:07 a.m.
LAUNCH WINDOW: 7-10 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: May 24 at about 7:52 a.m.
MISSION DURATION: 9 days, 3 hours, 45 minutes (under review)
CREW: Precourt, Collins, Foale, Noriega, Lu, Clervoy, Kondakova
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 160 nautical miles/51.6 degrees

NOTE: Atlantis' payload bay doors are closed, and the orbiter transport system is positioned beneath the orbiter in preparation for roll over to the VAB late tonight. The work platforms surrounding the external tank and solid rocket boosters will be retracted later today to allow orbiter mating this week.

STS-84 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):

Roll over to the VAB (tonight)
Orbiter mated to ET and SRBs (April 15)
Spacehab payload to the pad (April 18)
Orbiter to the pad (April 21)

MISSION: STS-83R -- Microgravity Science Laboratory-1

NOTE: A review was held last Friday by the Shuttle program which included inputs from all disciplines involved in preparing for Space Shuttle missions. According to Space Shuttle Program Manager, Tommy Holloway, "The Shuttle manifest for the remainder of the year, while tight, appears able to accommodate a reflight of Columbia and its MSL payload in early July with reasonable impact to Shuttle launch dates for the rest of calendar year 1997."

Holloway added, "While shortening STS-83 was disappointing, we now are in a position to do everything possible to complete the mission STS-83 Reflight (STS-83R) with little or no impact to downstream flights. Also, it provides us with a unique opportunity to demonstrate our ability to respond to challenges such as this one."

Managers intend to make a final decision on flying STS-83R next Friday once all organizations have made further schedule assessments.

IN WORK: Columbia's fuel cell No. 2 was removed and replaced over the weekend and then shipped to the vendor. Today technicians are working to remove fuel cell No. 1 and replacement is scheduled for tomorrow. Post-flight inspections of Columbia's windows found them in good condition. Work begins this week to remove the forward reaction control system for thruster replacement work scheduled in the Hypergol Maintenance Facility.

The STS-83 booster nozzles are en route to Utah and should arrive later this week.

MISSION: STS-85 -- CRISTA-SPAS-2

VEHICLE: Discovery/OV-103
LOCATION: Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2
TARGET LAUNCH DATE/TIME: July 17 at 10:06 a.m. (under review)
LAUNCH WINDOW: 1 hour, 54 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: July 28 at about 6:54 a.m. (under review)
MISSION DURATION: 10 days, 20 hours, 48 minutes
CREW: Brown, Rominger, Davis, Curbeam, Robinson, Tryggvason
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 160 nautical miles/57 degrees

NOTE: The forward reaction control system was delivered to the OPF last week and is scheduled for installation on Thursday. Exterior tile work was performed over the weekend and check-outs of the water spray boiler are in work today.

STS-85 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):

FRCS installed (April 17)

MISSION: STS-86 -- 7th MIR DOCKING and LOGISTICS MODULE

VEHICLE: Endeavour/OV-105
LOCATION: VAB bay 2
TARGET LAUNCH DATE/TIME: September 18 (under review)
LAUNCH WINDOW: 7-10 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: September 27 (under review)
MISSION DURATION: 9 days, 4 hours
CREW: Wetherbee, Bloomfield, Parazynski, Titov, Chretien, Lawrence (up), Foale (down)
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 170 nautical miles/51.6 degrees

NOTE: Purge lines have been hooked up to Endeavour in the VAB and will remain in place until its transfer to OPF bay 3 on April 17. No work is scheduled for Endeavour while in the VAB.
 

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